The Challenges of Communicating Climate Change

In the years since Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, public awareness and acceptance of the science behind climate change has steadily increased. The growing scientific consensus on the impacts and causes of climate change, as well as on the increasingly severe effects of the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions, calls for a concerted international response. However, there is still great need for effective communication from the scientific community and public outreach and education on anthropogenic climate change. Both science and society would benefit from more sophisticated, detailed information on the complex Earth system; on how levels of certainty are reached in understanding the climate system; and -- perhaps most importantly -- on how climate scientists work, and why and how the majority have come to a consensus on this issue. At this event, experts will discuss the current state of climate science communication and strategies for strengthening the scientific community"s response to evidence-based challenges that have ramifications for national and international policies, as well as individual actions.

Co-sponsors for the conference are the Science and Innovation Section of the British Consulate-General Houston and Rice University's Center for the Study of Environment and Society.

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Speaker Kirstin Matthews

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Thu, March 4, 2010
4 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago